Research | Case Study Investigation

CSI Research Assistants


2017 CSI Timeline

Nov 11, 2016
Faculty Expressions of Interest due

Nov 18, 2016
Firm applications due

Dec 2, 2016
Faculty full applications due

January 2017
Participants announced

Feb-May 2017
Teams begin collaboration

June 2017
Summer research starts

Aug 2017
2017 CSI Program ends

Sept-Dec 2017
Resulting case studies published

The Case Study Investigation (CSI) program offers landscape architecture students a unique research and professional development opportunity to gain first-hand experience in documenting landscape performance. Select faculty Research Fellows receive funding to support a student research assistant and work with leading practitioners to develop methods to quantify benefits and produce case studies of exemplary high-performing landscapes.

csi-southpark2-68qStudents do not apply directly to the CSI program. Each faculty Research Fellow choses a currently-enrolled student to work under the Fellow’s direction as a Research Assistant. The student should have exceptional critical thinking, project management, in-depth fact finding, and quantitative skills and be able to work collaboratively with firm leaders, clients, and other project stakeholders.

Faculty-student teams are matched with design firms to document performance and produce case studies for three select landscape projects. Matches are made based on geographic proximity, relevant expertise, and prior relationships.

CSI is a unique opportunity to work with leading faculty, sharpen research and quantitative skills, develop relationships with practitioners, collaborate with peers, and gain a deeper understanding of landscape performance.

For more information, contact Megan Barnes at

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